Stela: Bhadrabahu as the last Kevalin in Digambara tradition

A Pattavali (From Sanskrit patta: seat, avali: chain) is a record of a spiritual lineage of heads of monastic orders. They are thus spiritual genealogies.[1] It is generally presumed that two successive names are teacher and pupil. The term is applicable for all dharmic religions, but is generally used for Jain monastic orders.

There are several famous pattavalis which are often used to establish historical chronologies:[2][3]

Glasenapp notes that although the chronological list mentioned in pattavali are valuable, it is not reliable.[4]


Pattavali states the lineage of Jain monks.[5]

The Jain Monastic Lineages

According to 600 AD inscription at Sravanabelagola, Harivansha Purana, Jambuddvita Pannati and Kalpasutra, the Pattavali (lineage) after Mahavira, 24th tirthankara, is traced as follows.[6] Bhadrabahu was the last leader of the undivided Sangha. After him there were two branches in the lineage. In both branches, some of the oral tradition was gradually lost. The two branches eventually became the two traditions Digambaras and the Svetambaras, although formal recognition of the separation is encountered in the 5th century CE. Kalpasutra gives a lineage starting with Pushyagiri after Vajrasena ending with Kshamashramna Devarddhi, the president of the Vallabhi council. The canonical books of the Svetambaras were produced in writing in this Council. The Kalpasutra also mentions ganas and shakhas established by other disciples of Bhadrabahu, Sambhutavijaya, Mahagiri etc. The Brihat-Kharataragachchha pattavali gives the name of Chandra after Vajrasena, the lineage continues until Udyotana, the founder of Brihadgachcha.

The Lineages after Bhadrabahu

According to Digambar tradition, the monastic lineage after bhadrabahu was:[7]

Arhadvali is said to have been the founder for the divisions of the Mula Sangha.

The lineage from Bhadrabahu according to Svetambara tradition is:[8]

See also


  1. Śrī paṭṭāvalī-samuccayaḥ, Vīramagāma, Gujarāta : Śrī Cāritra-Smāraka-Granthamālā, 1933
  2. Akbar as Reflected in the Contemporary Jain Literature in Gujarat, by Shirin Mehta, Social Scientist, 1992, p. 54-60
  3. Medieval Jaina Goddess Traditions, by John Cort Numen,1987 BRILL, p. 235-255
  4. Glasenapp 1999, p. 12
  5. Upinder Singh 2016, p. 26.
  6. "History of the Digambaras",, 16 January 1977
  7. "History of Digambara".
  8. "kalpasutra". Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  9. Natubhai Shah 2004, p. 46.
  10. Natubhai Shah 2004, p. 47.


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